Category Archives: 1943

Paddy Whack, Irish Jig

Taken from The Treasure Chest of Irish Songs (Jigs and Reels), 1943, Treasure Chest Publications.

Jigs are folk dances and the accompanying music. Go here for more information

Reels are folk dances; Irish reels are defined by the time (as in 4/4). It’s much more complicated than that and if you want further information, click here.

Go here for The Bells of Shandon.

Go here for I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.

Go here for Killarney.

Go here for Londonderry Air.

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Vintage Valentine Activity Page

(It looks a little distorted because the original is oversized; the quality clears up when you click on the image.)

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Vintage Doily Valentines


(Click on the image to enlarge – the words become legible.)

This page is from the February 1943 issue of Children’s Activities magazine. After working at Children’s Activities, Garry and Caroline Myers started Highlights for Children, then eventually bought C.A. The similarities are obvious – they are both high quality magazines with fun and educational activities.

I apologize for the quality of the scans. The magazine is oversized and won’t fit on my scanner so I had to take photographs and they aren’t perfect.

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Filed under 1940s, 1943, Childhood pastimes, Crafts - Paper, Ephemera, Valentine's Day, Vintage Magazines

Happy 96th Birthday, Mother

Carl & Stella Edens, 1943

You are a grand lady!

Stella Margaret Sexton Edens – born August 30, 1914

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Vintage Kitchen Altered Book Ephemera, Part II

(Click on images to enlarge, then click again on the magnifying glass.)

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Vintage Kitchen Altered Book Ephemera

These pictures are from the October 1, 1943 issue of The Family Circle magazine. Some magazines haven’t changed all that much over the years. Family Circle has changed a lot. In ’43, it contained only 20 pages, included current events and a movie review, a short story and was printed in black and white on paper which was not slick. The cost is not printed on the cover, but I’m guessing that it was about .05. (Click on the image for an enlarged view, then click again on the magnifying glass. It will then be readable.)


The Sweetheart Toilet Soap ad is particularly nice for me, because that’s the brand of soap my mother bought for our bathroom (besides the Lava that was for my dad. Boy, I only used that soap once!). Sweetheart was pink and pretty and had a lovely fragrance.


I’ll be scanning in lots of vintage ads, recipes and illustrations and will share some of them here. I’m working on an altered book. It’s been awhile since I’ve been in an altered book round robin, and my sister (Fran) suggested we invite Abby and Cathy to join us in one with the theme of “Vintage Kitchens”. We will each choose a more specific theme for our own books then write a few rules for the others to follow when they work on ours.

Fran has chosen the 1950s, with emphasis on the colors of turquoise and pink.

For mine, I’ve chosen a 1940’s look with red and white, and accents of green and yellow.

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